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The Depth and The Whisper

Kansas City musicians Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner formed The Depth and The Whisper in late 2010 as an avenue to share new songs and ideas.

Since then, the songwriting duo have pulled together some of the area’s best musical talents to bring the compositions to life on stage and in the studio. From a promising batch of preproduction demos, The Depth and The Whisper offered up its debut release in the summer of 2011, an EP of six songs titled One Steady Breath.

Songs on the debut are framed with openness and honestly that draw the listener to be part of the story. Producer and recording engineer John Velghe captured the sound intuitively at Guttersnipe Recording Co. during the spring of 2011.

From their first collaborations and all the way through the recording process, it was clear that the songs would come together quickly and maintain an organic feel. Each track aims big and bright just like the opening track, “New York” encourages.

“We do what we feel is right for the song. Nothing more, nothing less,” Albert said during production. That has since become a mantra of sorts for the players on stage and in the studio.

A Kansas City native, Albert Bickley has been writing, recording and performing original music for years. Everything, including other bands he’s been in, have led to this moment and this project, he says.

Dave Tanner, a Canadian who calls Parkville, MO, home, has played bass in numerous bands through the years from rock and heavy metal to folk and punk. He also currently plays in Liverpool: A Tribute to The Beatles.

Together they formed The Depth and The Whisper without preconception or pretense, and have let the music carve out its own course.

“It’s difficult to answer typical questions such as, ‘What do you guys sound like?’ when we try to remain free of those preconceptions,” Dave says. “The only way to get to know us is to listen and form your own opinions.”

Go-Go Ray (drums), Troy Van Horn (lead guitar), John Velghe (keyboard/Rhodes) and Elaine McMilian (backing vocals) round out the band’s sound in the studio and on stage. It’s been evident since day one that this group would put out something meaningful, and that continues to reveal itself with each passing accolade.

Of the local radio shows in Kansas City that have featured The Depth and The Whisper so far, each has selected a different track from One Steady Breath to play. And among the friends of the band, all six songs have come up in conversation as someone’s favorite. With a growing batch of follow-up songs being considered for the next recording, it’s already evident that new favorites are on the way.

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released June 28, 2011

produced and recorded by John Velghe at Guttersnipe Recording Co.

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You probably know what we sound like more than we do. We just write and let the song be what it was meant to be. If we feel it, we go with it.

The compositions are framed with openness and honesty, aiming big and bright without sacrificing an organic feel. Add a bit of tongue in cheek here and there, and you have a sound.

Basically, getting what's inside out... with passion.
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Track Name: new york
should have told you long ago
i was afraid that it would break my heart
should have kissed you when i thought i coul
i was afraid that i would never
be the one you needed when you needed me the most

draw your picture
big and bright
fly to new york city
will you stay
with me tonight
i'll tell you everything

i knew it from the very start
you made me feel so comfortable
i could tell you anything
except the most important
words that i need to say
i hope it's not too late

draw your picture
big and bright
fly to new york city
will you stay with me tonight
i'll show you everything

how do you tell someone
you always want them by your side
how do you tell someone
you're always thinking of how they make you feel

draw your picture
big and bright
fly to new york city
will you stay with me tonight
i'll tell you everything
Track Name: blindsided
what if i told you
what would you say
would you wrap your arms around me
or push me away

i feel like i've been blindsided
but my eyes are open wide
to see you smile

if i kissed those lips
what would you do
would your run your fingers through my hair
and kiss me too

i throw myself against those rocks
and i hope to die poetically
with you

such a surprise that i
don't know what to do
and i wonder if you feel it to

and i feel like i've been blindsided
but my heart is open wide
so come on in
Track Name: be together
we've got to be together
while we can
we've got to be together

it took some time to help me realize
the one already stood before my eyes
a lot had happened and a year went by
i was reminded why I had to try

we've got to be together
while we can
let's spend our time together
while we can
life is short so be amazing
while you can
we've got to be together

we had ideas from the very start
we'd act like we had never been apart
on your feet and gaining confidence
you swept me up with glowing radiance


we've got to be together
while we can
let's spend our time together
while we can
life is short so be amazing
while you can
we've got to be together



i think one hundred years could come and go
a life without you is one i'll never know
and if i die tomorrow i could say
we won because we lived for today


we've got to be together
while we can
let's spend our time together
while we can
life is short so be amazing
while you can
we've got to be together

we've got to be together
Track Name: stay
waiting for this moment
i can hardly breathe
then i saw you standing there
i knew my life would change

if you just stay
for a little while

i live for the moment
i can see you smile
it's funny how the little things
make your life worthwhile

if you just stay
for a little while
Track Name: too late to be your fool
what's behind those dark eyes
makes me feel more alive
than I can remember

and i'm paralyzed

all you are is meaningful
your laugh
your smile
your soul
is just the beginning
of all you are

and i'm hanging by a thread
afraid I missed the chance to take to
and tell you everything i think you are
in one steady breath
overwhelmed by the depth and the whisper

is it too late for me
to be the fool that you need
is it to late for me to be your fool

caution marks the scarred road
where my heart is broken down
left and abandoned

but i'm still alive

and i'm hanging by a thread
afraid I missed the chance to take to
tell you everything i think you are
in one even breath
overwhelmed by the depth and the whisper

is it too late for me
to be the fool that you need
is it to late for me to be your fool

and i'm hanging by a thread
afraid I missed the chance to take
and tell you everything i think you are
in one steady breath

overwhelmed
Track Name: the last time
i remember the last time i saw you
you said you'd never be with me

now, as your lying in my bed
i think of all those things you said
you didn't mean

i wish that i could fly
holding you forever

high up above the sky
holding you forever